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Brighid was a Celtic hearth goddess who is still celebrated today in many parts of Europe and the British Isles. She is honored primarily at Imbolc, on February 2, and is a goddess who represents the homefires and domesticity of family life. Be sure to read our collection of articles related to this powerful triune goddess.

Who Was Brighid?

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In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid (or Brighit), whose name is derived from the Celtic brig or "exalted one", is the daughter of the Dagda, and therefore one of the Tuatha de Dannan. Her two sisters were also called Brighid, and were associated with healing and crafts. The three Brighids were typically treated as three aspects of a single deity, making her a classic Celtic triple goddess. Brighid was the patron of poets and bards, as well as healers and magicians. She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination. In addition to her position as a goddess of magic, Brighid was known to watch over women in childbirth, and thus evolved into a goddess of hearth and home.

The Legend of Brighid's Mantle

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According to legend, Brighid’s mantle, or cloak, was a magical piece of material indeed. Learn about the story of Brighid’s mantle, and how you can incorporate this aspect of her myth cycle into your magical practice.

Brighid's Cross

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Brighid’s cross has a wide range of symbolism to many different people. While it figures prominently in many Christian legends, it is also a popular symbol in many Pagan religious paths. Here’s how you can make a Brighid’s cross of your own to decorate your home or altar.

Make a Brighid's Bed

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In many traditions, the goddess Brighid is welcomed into the home at Imbolc. In addition to making a Brighid doll, she is given a bed near the hearth fire. Make a Brighid’s bed to welcome this goddess into your own house.

Make a Brighid Corn Doll

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In some magical traditions, a corn doll representing the goddess Brighid is placed in a position of honor in the home - usually in the kitchen or near the fireplace. Here’s how you can craft a simple corn doll to symbolize Brighid’s presence in your house.

Brighid’s Crown

Imbolc reminds us that spring is on the way, so why not make a floral crown to honor her? Use it on your Imbolc altar, or as a decoration in your home to bring spring’s colors indoors on a chilly day?

Brighid’s Crossroads Divination

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Not sure where you’re headed these days? In addition to being a goddess of hearth and home, Brighid is also representative of the crossroads. Let her guide you and inspire you with this simple divination ritual technique.

Prayers to Brighid

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While Brighid may be primarily honored at Imbolc, you can celebrate her magic and power any time of the year. Try these simple prayers honoring Brighid in her many aspects.

Group Ritual to Honor Brighid

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Imbolc is a time when the days suddenly seem to be getting longer, and the snow is beginning to melt, showing us small patches of earth and green. At this time of returning spring, our ancestors lit bonfires and candles to celebrate the rebirth of the land. Celebrate the many aspects of Brighid with this ceremony, adaptable for a group of any size.

Braided Bread

Braided bread is found in many forms, in many cultures. This one is a simple one, and is perfect for serving at your Imbolc feast. The braid symbolizes Brighid in her aspect as the bride, representative of her fertility and position as a hearth goddess. Serve this tasty braided bread with warm butter for dipping.

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